MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
How machined springs out-perform wire-wound springs
Simon Cattle of Abssac outlines some of the ways in which the unique benefits of machined springs can be used.
10 things to know about non-contact displacement measurement
Chris Jones, Managing Director of Micro-Epsilon UK, outlines the ten most important factors to consider before purchasing a non-contact displacement measurement sensor.
High-speed polymer gearboxes deliver material gains
The ongoing development of advanced, heat resistant materials such as polymers is increasingly providing today’s machine designers with practical and effective products. A good example of this is the high-speed polymer gearboxes developed by ROTALINK which have been successfully used for diverse applications, ranging from welding wire feeders to coffee grinders.
How additive manufacturing can boost machine reliability
Companies that rely on machines are continually seeking new ways to improve reliability and reduce operational costs. Neil Burns, director of Croft Additive Manufacturing, looks at how the manufacture of small components, such as filters, can play a significant role in improving operational efficiency and why machine builders should be taking advantage.
Principles and applications of the axial piston pump
Throughout the industrial workplace, hydraulic pumps provide a great deal of motive power, efficiently translating the rotary motion of a prime mover into hydraulic oil flow that can be easily routed and used for a vast range of tasks. One of the most common hydraulic pumps is the axial piston pump, which is used in many industrial applications as well as off-highway and mining. Jim Cairney, Engineering Manager at Oilgear in the UK, explains the principles and applications of the axial piston pump.
Retrofit safety using innovative control valves
The food and beverage industry has embraced automation – partly due to the necessity of reducing production costs, but also to help meet food safety standards and personnel safety legislation. By taking a modular approach to automation, plant owners can gradually introduce new technologies and expand the number of automated processes, in order to maintain productivity and keep up with the latest safety legislation.
Brexit implications for machine safety standards and regulations
Jeremy Procter, a Member of international and UK standards committees ISO/TC 199/WG 6 (Safety distances and ergonomic aspects) and BSI MCE/3 (Safeguarding of machinery), and Managing Director of Procter Machine Guarding, explains the implications for machinery safety standards and regulations of the UK referendum in favour of leaving the European Union, or 'Brexit' as it has become known.
Maximising heat exchange efficiency reduces costs
A heat exchanger is simply a device for transferring heat from one fluid or gas to another. Yet choosing the best suited heat exchanger for a particular application is not that simple and requires the supplier to fully understand your process and products so that the system delivers optimum performance throughout its working life.